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LECTURE: Beyond the Manifest Imaginary

November 3, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Currier & Ives, the Romance of Empire, and the Real History of the American West

$10 (members $8)

with Professor Peter L. Bayers, Director of American Studies, Fairfield University

Hybrid On Site & Online Format

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As mass media producers, Currier & Ives shaped popular imaginings of the American West in the 19th century through their lithographs, the legacy of which permeates how U.S. citizens “know” the history of the American West. This interactive talk will address how the Currier & Ives lithographs romanticized U.S. expansion west in order to justify Westward expansion, in turn obfuscating the complex, destructive, violent, and genocidal history of the American West.

Image: Frances Palmer, American (born England), 1812–1876, Across the Continent “Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way”, 1868. Joslyn Art Museum, Gift of Conagra Brands.

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(updated February 2019)


November 3, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Florence Griswold Museum
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Old Lyme, CT 06371 United States
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